A.J. Cole (0-1, 5.14 ERA) and Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 5.07 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (75-53) and the Colorado Rockies (60-68) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 8-5, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on MAS2 and RTRM.
Cole pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Orioles. Bryce Harper (.254, 69 Rs, 22 HRs, 72 RBIs, 18 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. De La Rosa went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in an 11-4 win over the Cubs in his last outing. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Washington is a -166 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. Though the Nationals have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-175), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 64-36. The Nationals have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the NL in offense with 4.8 runs per game. The Nationals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 171. Washington's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.6 per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Nationals. The 3.6 runs that Washington's pitchers allow per home game makes them the third-ranked NL staff at home. The Nationals are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.183 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Nationals, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 9.2.
In games where it is the underdog, Colorado has a 35-44 record and an overall money line of -189. The Rockies have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 449 extra base hits.
The Nationals have a 17-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when De La Rosa takes the mound. Cole (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 45-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over
Colorado recorded at least two errors for the 20th time this season.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 14-29 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Rockies have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 44-15. The Nationals have a 56-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, Washington has earned 624 this season. Colorado ranks second with 672 runs.
Ranking 11th, Colorado is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 410 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 443.
The Nationals are 59-30 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 47-37 when they hit at least one homer.